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Dr. Josephine Martin Endowment Fund

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Dr. Josephine Martin Endowment Fund

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Dr. Josephine Martin

Dr. Martin is a pioneer in the field of child nutrition. Launching her career at the Georgia Department of Education in 1950 as the assistant school lunch director, she soon became a vocal advocate for child nutrition, influencing legislation on the community, state and federal levels.

Representing the voice of child nutrition, she has testified before Congress at least 50 times. In the 1960’s she accompanied then-Senator Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) on a tour of hunger in Georgia and played an influential role in passage of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

As national president of the School Nutrition Association in 1976 (then the American School Food Service Association), Dr. Martin was instrumental in securing federal authorization for the National Food Service Management Institute. Ten years later, she was coaxed out of retirement to become the first full-time director of the Institute.

Her passion, commitment and outstanding service to school nutrition continue to inspire school nutrition professionals. She has been described as “one of the handful of Americans who paved the way for implementation and sustainability of the nation’s school feeding programs.”


The goal of the endowment is to raise $75,000. To learn how you can make a donation to the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund, click here.

The Endowment will provide funds each year to enable an SNA member to attend the annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC) in Washington, DC for the first time.

It will serve a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin’s passion for child nutrition and ensure that the voices of child nutrition professionals will continue to be heard by legislators and policy makers at the local, state and national levels.

The goal of the endowment is to raise $75,000. To learn how you can make a donation to the Josephine Martin Endowment Fund, click here.

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